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NIH Public Access Policy

Guide to the NIH Public Access Policy, submitting peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central, and compliance with the policy.


Does the Policy apply to my article?

The NIH Public Access Policy applies to any manuscript that:

  • is peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in a journal


  • arises from any direct funding from an NIH grant, cooperative agreement, or contract

If both of these conditions are true, then you are required to comply with the NIH policy and ensure that your article is made publicly accessible within no later than 12 months after publication.

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